Monday, July 15, 2013

Teen Review: Enders' Game by Orson Scott Card

Matthew is a volunteer at Cherrydale library. We're happy to share his review for Ender's Game as buzz is building for the movie adaptation that's coming in November.

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

In the near future, humanity is threatened by an advanced alien species known as the Formics. Having barely survived the first two invasion attempts, humanity launches a desperate plan to deal with the alien threat forever. The governing body of Earth, the International Fleet, created the battle school. Battle school takes genius children from around the planet and trains them to be the best military minds the universe has ever known.

Andrew “Ender” Wiggin is a child super genius sent to battle school in order to train for the inevitable third invasion. As Ender’s teachers realize his potential to become the best commander in history, Ender is put through increasingly strenuous tests and ordeals. Along the way, he makes friends and enemies among his fellow students and begins to realize that there is more to the war then he first thought.

Ender’s Game is the first in a quartet which follow Ender on his journey. The writer, Orson Scott Card, has also created parallel novels following some of the other characters Ender meets along the way. The book deals with issues of morality and war and is a great read for a teen or an adult.

As someone who doesn’t usually reread a book unless I love it, it is safe to say that I have reread Ender’s Game at least a half a dozen times. Each time, I have found something new that I hadn’t realized and ended up enjoying the story even more.

With a film of the movie set to come out in late 2013 there is no better time to pick up a copy of Ender’s Game. My only warning is that doing so may cause you to be extremely annoyed if they screw up the movie.

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